1 Corinthians

The Word Is Alive

1 Corinthians

In the 1st Century, Corinth was a vibrant Hellenistic city. Like many such cities it had almost as many gods as it did people. It geographic location close to the sea ports of Cenchreæ on the Aegean Sea and Lechæum, which gave access to the Adriatic and western Mediterranean Seas, made it very prosperous as much of the resources being transported to Rome went through Corinth. As with many port cities, the people of Corinth had a reputation in the ancient world as an unruly, hard-drinking, sexually promiscuous bunch of people.

Region Aegean Sea map showing Corinth

When Paul arrived with the Gospel and many of them became believers in Jesus, they brought their reputations with them right into the church. Paul spent a year and a half with them as their pastor, going over the Gospel in detail, showing them how to live out this new life of salvation and holiness as a community of believers. Then he went on his way to other towns and churches.

Sometime later Paul received a report from one of the Corinthian families that in his absence things had more or less fallen apart. He also received a letter from Corinth asking for help. Factions had developed, morals were in disrepair, worship had degenerated into a selfish grabbing for the supernatural. It was the kind of thing that might have been expected from Corinthians!

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, see comments below, is a classic of pastoral response: affectionate, firm, clear, and unswerving in the conviction that God among them, revealed in Jesus and present in his Holy Spirit, continued to be the central issue in their lives, regardless of how much of a mess they had made of things.

(Much of the above material is drawn from the work of Eugene H. Peterson in The Message).

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